National Working Waterfronts & Waterways Symposium

Themes and Potential Topics

Symposium Presentations

Presentations selected for the 4th National Working Waterfronts & Waterways Symposium will be those that serve to increase the capacity of coastal communities and stakeholders to make informed decisions about the future of their working waterfronts and waterways. The presentations will inform private and public decision‐makers, waterfront land owners and users, communities, businesses, local and state governments, and others seeking to preserve and enhance the commercial, recreational, and ecological value of working waterfronts and waterways. With the authors’ permission, the best examples will be incorporated into the online Sustainable Working Waterfronts Toolkit to live on as models for others.


2015 Symposium Themes and Examples of Potential Topics
Topics listed are for illustration purposes only.


Recreational Boating

  • Value of Recreational Boating
  • Anchoring and mooring fields
  • Access and infrastructure needs
  • Marinas
  • Waterway maintenance
  • Boating safety
  • Partnerships with ports to enhance access/opportunities

Waterfront Industries

  • Economics
  • Infrastructure and dredging
  • Funding and financing strategies
  • Land Use
  • Environmental Issues
  • Data & Technology Needs

Working Waterfront Workforce Development

  • Maritime labor issues
  • Training and education
  • Marine trades - boatbuilding, net repair
  • Economic value in context of jobs.
  • Working with non-English speaking/underrepresented populations

Climate Change

  • Climate change adaptation
  • Coastal hazards
  • Disaster preparedness and response
  • Resilience planning, engineering, and design
  • Water availability
  • Water levels
  • Resource protection

Maritime Culture and Heritage

  • Tourism
  • Historic preservation
  • Oral history projects
  • Waterfront festivals

Examples from previous symposia include the following topics:

Accessing Capital

Aids to Navigation



Artificial Reefs

Boat Building & Shipyards

Boating Access

Boating Economics

Boating Safety

Climate Change Adaptation

Coalition Building

Coastal Hazards

Coastal Tourism

Commercial Access

Commercial Fishing

Community Development

Data & Technology

Derelict vessels

Disaster Preparedness

Disaster Response

Dredge Material Management

Economic Development

Education & Outreach

Emergency Planning

Engineering & Design

Environmental Impacts

Habitats (e.g., seagrass)

Historic Preservation

Land Use


Marine Debris

Marine Spatial Planning

Marine Trades

Maritime Culture

Maritime Heritage

Maritime Industry

Mooring Fields

Ocean Energy

Permitting Process


Ports & Harbors

Public Waterway Access

Recreational Boating

Recreational Waterfront Uses


Resource Management

Resource Protection


Waterfront Development

Waterway Maintenance


Examples of tools and approaches presented at previous symposia include the following:

Advocacy & Lobbying

Best Management Practices

Building Markets

Case Studies

Coalition Building

Community Fishing Associations

Community/Stakeholder Engagement

Conflict Resolution

Economic Analyses

Economic Development Zones

Education / Outreach




Land Acquisition

Land Conservation

Land Transfer

Land Use Policy

Legislative Initiatives


Mapping & Visualization

Marine Planning

Mixed Uses


Non-Regulatory Approaches

Oral Histories


Permit Banking

Policy & Regulation

Preservation Strategies

Private Agreements

Public / Private Investment

Public Participation

Research Studies


Taxation policy

Technical Assistance

Telling Success Stories

Vision and Value Statements

Waterfront Festivals

Waterfront Revitalization



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